Main Content

Betty C. Monkman served more than thirty years in the Office of the Curator, The White House, retiring as Chief Curator in 2002. She is the author of The White House: Its Historic Furnishings and First Families and Treasures of the White House, and she is a frequent contributor to White House History. In this interview with White House historian William Bushong, Monkman discusses the nature of the White House as a home to the first family, the role of its workers and staff, and the labor force behind its physical construction.

Home to the First Family -- Betty Monkman illuminates the role of the White House as home to the first family, July 2007.

The Clintons' moving van arrives at the White House from Little Rock, January 20, 1993.

The White House

Extended Family at the White House

The White House Historical Association

Four generations of President Benjamin Harrison's family posed at the White House for this photograph in 1889.

Library of Congress

White House Residential Staff

The White House Historical Association

White House pastry chef Roland Mesnier helps guide his 150-pound gingerbread house into the White House, 2001.

White House photo

Inauguration Day at the White House

The White House Historical Association

President Ronald Reagan was sworn in during an indoor ceremony in the Capitol in 1985.

Library of Congress

Children at the White House

The White House Historical Association

Theodore Roosevelt poses with his sons Archie and Quentin, 1904.

Library of Congress

Slaves

The White House Historical Association

Slaves wearing handcuffs and shackles passing the United States Capitol around 1815.

Library of Congress

You Might Also Like